So here's how it went. Legend is running fast. When she's not refusing contacts. Thursday, she refused I think the teeter? It was about obstacle number three. Friday we left early (I worked in the afternoon and she did not get to run standard). Saturday she refused the A-frame twice (obstacle #5) and today she refused the dogwalk (#2) and the teeter (#6). I'm at a loss. I feel like this is becoming enough of an issue I need to do something about it but I'm not sure what. We have tried more trials, less trials, more training, time off, etc. I feel like this is totally a stress issue-she has always started slow and even though that has improved it has never gone away. Plus the obstacle in question varies and it's always in the first part of the course-she gets faster and more confident as she goes along, plus she never refuses them at home.
I contemplated a plan all the way home. I don't really want to take time off from trials because of getting her NATCH and wanting to go to NADAC champs next fall. At least she can still Q in NADAC with the refusal. I could at least take some time away from AKC and work on it. Which would mean just running Lyric (assuming she starts doing all the obstacles) or not going at all. I'd hate for Lyric to miss out on those AKC Q's but it would be so hard to be there and not run Legend!
Of course that still leaves me with the issue of how to fix it. I wasn't even sure what to work on. So I got to thinking about her contact performance at home (and when she does do them at at trial) and while she does not refuse them, she does usually either creep down and not really get her 2o2o or she totally blows her contact off. Not exactly ideal. So maybe her anxiety comes from not understanding what the criteria are? At least it gives me something to try, and really something that needs worked on anyway. Some of her trial dogwalk performances are painfully slow. So my plan is to work running the boards fast separately from working the 2o2o and then start putting them together when she is doing them well. Can't hurt anyway. Other suggestions are welcome.
I also got to thinking if I'm going to work on "fixing" stuff maybe I will also give obedience another shot. Maybe.
Oh, and she did run jumpers this weekend-Thursday she knocked a bar, Friday Q, Saturday wild with a few off courses, today one wrong tunnel entrance.
Lyric and I stumbled through Jumpers this weekend, I messed up some handling, she struggled with weave poles. But today we pulled it together and even got a second place.
More training in store for both of them-lots to work on with two venues and multiple issues! But cooler weather has arrived!